“Falling,” by Jane Green
Publisher: Berkley, July 19, 2016
When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either.
On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into remaking the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six-year-old son.
Unlike any man Emma has ever known, Dominic is confident, grounded, and committed to being present for his son whose mother fled shortly after he was born. They become friends, and slowly much more, as Emma finds herself feeling at home in a way she never has before. But just as they start to imagine a life together as a family, fate intervenes in the most shocking of ways. For the first time, Emma has to stay and fight for what she loves, for the truth she has discovered about herself, or risk losing it all.
In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds—of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be…
To begin with, this book absolutely blew me away! Jane Green has nailed it again with another fantastic novel full of romance, heartache, and embracing your family. Emma is a fantastic character in the novel, trading in the hustle and bustle of banking to find peace and a new career direction in a small beach town in Connecticut. Dominic, her landlord, lives next door with his young son, Jesse, and Dominic is not Emma’s type. However, after getting to know each other as friends and working together on projects, things begin to change. Green’s story and writing show a wonderful amount of realism regarding the beginnings of a relationship between two people when one is and always has been a single parent. Jesse flip-flops between loving Emma and embracing her into his life, to hating her and throwing tantrums for taking up his Dad’s time – much like would happen in the real world. There’s nothing fancy about Dominic or his life, he’s simply a good, loving person. Emma and Dominic have to deal with meeting each other’s families, which isn’t exactly a walk in the park, and face a variety of other struggles as they try to build their own family.
With that being said, I can’t remember the last time I cried like this reading a book. There comes a moment in this book where your heart will literally shatter and you need to have the Kleenex ready, but don’t stop – just keep reading. I truly think that this novel has a happy ending, albeit not the ending I originally expected, but still happy. “Falling” shows real-life with love, family, and heartbreak, but also reminds us that there are different kinds of love and families to make our lives amazing. You will love Emma, Dominic, and Jesse as you read this incredible story and you will certainly love watching Emma’s life transform into one of peace and contentment.
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*Disclaimer: I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.